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Goodleigh Parish Council


Minutes of the Annual Parish Council Meeting held on Tuesday 2 May 2017 at 7:30pm at Goodleigh Village Hall.


Present: Cllrs A Gockmann, Ms L Boyle, Mrs C  Karniewicz, Dr S Ley and Mrs P Newell.


In Attendance: 3 members of the public, Cllr M Prowse (NDC), Parish Clerk.


Minutes of meeting


1.         Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman

            1.         Chairman

Cllr Gockmann was proposed by Cllr Mrs Newell, seconded by Cllr Ms L Boyle. All in agreement.


            2.         Vice Chairman

                        There was no nomination for Vice Chairman.


2.         Items from the public

 It was reported that the seat in Combe Wood was rotten, and in need of repair.

Overgrown vegetation was reported at Goodleigh, obstructing visibility. Highways to be informed.


3.         Apologies

Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs A Seaford and Cllr R Edgell (DCC).


4.         Approval of Minutes of meeting held 4 April 2017

Min 202. It was noted that it had been agreed to inform Planning of an error in the Local Plan, which stated that the site at Northleigh Hill was for 5 properties, not 3.


The amended Minutes of the last meeting were agreed and signed as a true record.


5.         Matters Arising from the Minutes 

Min. 184.        The guttering on the bus shelter had been repaired by a parishioner. The Council was very grateful for the kind offer to carry out the repairs.

Min. 193.        The broken paving slab in front of the post box had been removed.

Planning Enforcement was monitoring the entrance at Chelfham, which had been created to enable work to the bank to be carried out. It was understood that a planning application for the site was expected.

            Min. 196.        Work on the S106 agreement was continuing.

            Min. 199.        The spring on the gate to the play area had been repaired.

            Min. 201.        The new football nets had not yet been ordered.

Min. 202.        The letter to the URC regarding potential development of the Playing Field had been sent.


6.         Reports

To receive any report not received at the Annual Parish Meeting



7.         Planning 

1.              Applications: None.

2.              Decision:        None.


8.         Correspondence

1.     An appeal had been lodged aginst the enforcement notice issued against the development at Honey Hill. This would be determined on the basis of a hearing. Date to be advised.

2.     The next Parish Forum would be held at the Brynsworthy Environment Centre on Thursday 18 May at 7.00pm.

3.     North Devon Council advised that although an annual charge was due to be made for emptying the domestic green wheelie bins, a concession scheme had been introduced for community groups. Applications should be made via parish councils.

4.     DCC advised a road closure – Collard Bridge Cross to the Shirwell Road, 11 – 15 May for surface dressing.

5.     RGB  advised that they were donating £1000 worth of building materials to a successful nominated community project each month until March 2018. Nominations to be sent to RGB Communities Fund.

6.     Healthwatch Voices – Spring 2017. Noted.


9.         Surface Water/Drains/Highways

It was agreed to request Highways to cut the verge at Goodleigh Cross, where long grass greatly reduced the visibility for traffic from the village. Also to request a copy of the grass cutting programme for the summer.


It was reported that the gate to the stone depot between Collard Bridge and Chelfham had been left open since the departure of South West Highways. This had resulted in fly tipping. A request to be made to DCC to ensure that Skanska lock the gate.


10.       Speed of Traffic through the Village

Concern was expressed over the speed of traffic through the village. The lack of a footpath in parts of the village, and increased use by large vehicles made it dangerous for pedestrians. It was thought that a 20mph speed limit would help. It was agreed to enlist the help of the new county councillor after the election.

            A request to be made to DCC for a temporary interactive sign.


11.       Play Area

            Deferred to the next meeting.


12.       Neighbourhood Plan

It was agreed that it was necessary to decide how to involve the community in order to determine the needs of the parish. Information would be prepared in time for the Fun Day.

It was agreed to proceed with the initial stages for preparing a Plan.


13.       Fun Day        

It was reported that there had been difficulties in booking a bouncy castle. In view of the problems, it was agreed not to have one this year.

The posters and flyers were ready for distribution.


14.       Spring Clean

It was agreed to carry out a ‘Spring Clean’ again this year. Various dates were considered before deciding on Wednesday 14 June, meeting at the New Inn at 6.30pm.


15.       Matters from the Chairman           

It was noted that the Millennium Seat was in need of repair. Cllr Mrs Karniewicz offered to obtain quotes. This was agreed.


16.       Finance

            1.         Completion of Annual Audit Return

                        Section 1 of the Audit Return was agreed, completed, and signed by the Chairman and Clerk.


2.         Adoption of Accounts

                        Copies of the balance sheet for 2016/2017 had been circulated to councillors.

Cllr Dr Ley proposed that the accounts be adopted as a true record of the council’s finances. Seconded by Cllr Gockmann. All in agreement.


3.              Receipts

50% Precept and Grant                       £1876.07


            4.         Payments

                        Goodleigh Village Hall – hire                         £ 22.00                        Cheque No. 776

J & J Bins                                                        £ 26.00                        Cheque No. 777

Clerk’s Salary & Expenses                              £ 84.42                        Cheque No. 778

North Devon Homes                                       £ 22.60                        Cheque No. 779

Mr D Mallabonehedgecutting                      £278.00                       Cheque No. 780


The five accounts were approved for payment.


17.       Items for the next Agenda:

            Millennium Seat;  Play Area;  Fun Day;  Neighbourhood Plan;  Traffic Speed through the Village.


18.       Date of next meeting: Tuesday 6 June 2017  


19.       Items from the Public



There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8:40pm.